Category Archives: Travel

Foto Friday

This little guy loved swimming in the adult pool!  I took this photo last week while with my sisters at the Rio Mar Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Iguana in Puerto Rico

Foto Friday – Atlanta’s got a Ferris Wheel!

The 200 ft. Sky View Atlanta Ferris Wheel recently opened, and I had a chance to ride it last weekend!  Wouldn’t this look great along our downtown River Walk  in Jacksonville, Florida!

Atlanta Ferris Wheel
Here’s a view from the top. You can see all of downtown Atlanta,  Centennial Olympic Park, and the Georgia Tech campus.

View from the top

If you go: A 20-story ferris wheel is hard to miss.  Just head to Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park.  Cost to ride is around $15, and was great fun!

Foto Friday – Mabry Mill

Today’s photo is a travel picture.  Mabry Mill, one of the most scenic stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway, is located  at Milepost 176, just across the Virginia state line.  There you can see a restored grist mill, enjoy a country-style breakfast or lunch at the restaurant, and browse the gift shop.

Mabry Mill

Foto Friday

Hotdog, anyone?

This delightful hotdog stand was seen while driving through Bailey, Colorado, in route to Denver

Foto Friday

Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom -still the best parade ever and just  2 1/2 hours away!

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Cinderella’s Castle is adorned in icicle lights for the Holidays at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida

Grand Canyon Rim-to-rim Trek

Hmm…What does a trip to the Grand Canyon have to do with things to do in Jacksonville? Probably nothing, except to show that when we Floridians go on vacation, we frequently travel places different from where we live.

One of my favorite areas to visit is the canyon country out West. Last summer, my sisters and I hiked across the Grand Canyon. There was an unexpected heat wave, and temperatures reached 114 . It was an adventure that still brings back fond memories. Here’s a video of our trip:

Play VisualTour

If you go:  The trek is 27 miles, including a side trip to Ribbon Falls.  If you’d like meals and a bed for the night while at the bottom of the canyon, advance reservations at Phantom Ranch are a must!  Cannot say enough good words about Arizona Outback Adventures and our guide, Nick Martin.  This is a trip we were glad we did not attempt by ourselves!